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Fall 2016 Picture Book Selections

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A few weeks back, we featured a bumper crop of great picture book picks on our Most Anticipated Books for Young Readers list. We're pleased to feature a few of these titles now!
All the World a Poem

All the World a Poem

by Gilles Tibo
translated by Erin Woods
illustrated by Manon Gauthier
edition:Hardcover

Poems tall or short or wide— All are infinite inside.

In Gilles Tibo’s wonder-filled tribute to poetry, poems bloom in fields, fly on the wings of birds, and float on the foam of the sea. They are written in the dark of night, in the light of happiness, and in the warmth of the writer’s heart. Each poem is illustrated with Manon Gauthier’s whimsical paper collage art, which is both child-like and sophisticated.

Rhymed or unrhymed, regular or irregular, the verses bring not just poems but …

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Poetry lives in books, yes, but also in the stars, on the moon, in tree-branch tangles.

Anything the world can be in nighttime hush or daytime glee is poetry.

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Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby

Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : friendship, pets, dogs

Mom’s friend Mrs. Cunningham is coming for a visit, and she’s bringing her baby! While Buddy tries to explain the ins and outs of babydom to Earl, neither of them is prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him.

When the baby manages to escape from his cage — which Buddy gently suggests is really just a playpen — it’s up to our favorite odd couple to save the day.

This third title in the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series follows a dog who likes to play …

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Squiggly Story, A

Squiggly Story, A

by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Mike Lowery
edition:Hardcover

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, …

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King Baby

King Baby

edition:Hardcover
tagged : new baby

A laugh-out-loud new picture book from The Princess and the Pony author, Kate Beaton!

All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

A modern, funny, and (let's be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby, and the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little ruler in thei …

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We Sang You Home

We Sang You Home

by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones. Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

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Ooko

Ooko

edition:Hardcover
tagged : friendship, dogs, foxes

     Ooko has everything a fox could want: a stick, a leaf and a rock. Well, almost everything . . . Ooko wants someone to play with too! The foxes in town always seem to be playing with their two-legged friends, the Debbies. Maybe if he tries to look like the other foxes, one of the Debbies will play with him too. But when Ooko finally finds his very own Debbie, things don't turn out quite as he had expected!
     A quirky, funny, charmingly illustrated story about finding friendship and being …

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A Family Is a Family Is a Family

A Family Is a Family Is a Family

by Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Qin Leng
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family.

As her classmates describe who …

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Branch, The

Branch, The

edition:Hardcover

When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a branch. But not to her! “That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship . . .? Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has “potential.? “What's potential?? she asks. “It means it's worth keeping.? And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transfo …

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